Saints back Harry Mallinder says that their match against Australia tonight in the Under-20 World Championship is going to be “tough” but says that the squad are really looking forward to the challenge.
“We’re keeping our feet grounded because Australia’s going to a tough task tomorrow and we’re looking forward to it,” said Harry, speaking to Saints TV, after training on Tuesday.
England opened their campaign with strong wins against Italy and then Scotland, but although the players have been pleased with the results, Harry explained that the squad are not letting themselves get carried away: “We’ve had two wins and that’s a good start; it’s all we can ask for.
“We’re keeping our feet grounded because Australia’s going to be a tough task and we’re looking forward to it.”
Having broken into the Saints first team at the end of 2015, Harry missed out on the opportunity to play Under-20s rugby for England during the recent Six Nations, and he said that he is really enjoying the experience of finally being involved: “It’s been a great experience so far, I’ve really, really enjoyed it.
“Everyone’s enjoyed being on the pitch and playing, and being off it as well; the social side too. It’s just nice to eventually play for this Under-20s side and get out there on the field.”
This year’s Championship in Manchester is the first time the tournament has been held in England, and Harry is enjoying his return to the north west, having been born in Sale, but also says it’s great that the players' families can come and watch the team play.
“It’s nice to come back to Sale and come back to Manchester but I think most importantly it’s nice for the group as whole that our families can come and watch us and play and get down to the grounds as opposed to watching it on TV.”